Much Marcle Memorial Hall has been awarded £15,000 from Herefordshire Council’s Community Climate and Nature Grant scheme.

This was awarded following a joint effort by members of the Hall Management Group and Much Marcle Parish Council.

The grant will be used to replace the current ageing and inefficient oil fired heating system with an efficient modern system. This will make the hall more comfortable for users, save money and importantly reduce CO2 emissions by 4.65 tones, which is 50% of the current emissions.

The system will use energy from solar panels to heat a highly efficient thermal store. This in turn will be the primary source of hot water for heating the hall and will provide hot water for toilets and kitchen.

A new efficient bio fuel boiler will replace the ancient boiler as backup for the Solar Panels.

The grant will also be used to provide a modern heating control system, extra building insulation and energy efficient lighting all of which contribute to the CO2 reduction.

The project is expected to be completed by early July.

Much Marcle Memorial Hall